Film Festival Strategy for “We Put the World to Sleep”

I’ve created this customised list of festivals for my upcoming feature film We Put the World to Sleep, which will probably fall within the following genres & subgenres: apocalyptic sci-fi, psychological thriller, metaphysical drama, adventure, mystery, antihero film, dark romance, meta-cinema, psychotronic, mumblecore, satire, mockumentary.

If you make indie narrative feature films, this may help with your own festival strategy, which is why I decided to make it public, but it won’t perfectly apply for other films. For that, check out my lists of Top 250 International Film Festivals and Top 100 Genre Film Festivals, and contact me if you’d like a customised list for your film (I can do it for a donation via PayPal if I’m not too busy).

Also, if you have good film industry knowledge/experience, and you think a certain festival would be great for my movie and should be prioritised on this list, or on the contrary, be removed, please let me know! Any feedback is welcomed & appreciated! Thanks! 

Significance of colourful notes:

  • Sure: submit for sure, even if no fee waiver is offered (10 festivals)
  • Yes: submit most probably, would be great to be offered a fee waiver though (75 festivals)
  • Maybe: maybe submit if there’s budget left / submit if they offer a fee waiver (125 festivals)
  • Cond.: only submit if they offer a full fee waiver (60 festivals)
  • N/A: invitation-based festival, does not accept submissions for features (5 festivals)

1st choice for World Premiere:

(in chronological order)

2nd choice for World Premiere:

(in case the movie doesn’t get selected by one of the festivals above) (in chronological order)

3rd choice for World Premiere:

(in case the movie doesn’t get selected by one of the festivals above) (in alphabetical order)

For Regional Premieres:

(for premieres at the continental, country, state or city level)

From my top 100 festivals list:

(in alphabetical order)

From my top 250 festivals list:

(in alphabetical order)

From my top 50 genre festivals list:

(in alphabetical order)

From my top 100 genre festivals list:

(in alphabetical order)

From my beyond top 100 genre festivals list:

(in alphabetical order)